Germany raises African swine fever alert level

Germany raises African swine fever alert level

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The pig sector in Germany is on high alert as the African swine fever virus is detected for the first time in western Poland, not far from the border.

Since last year, cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been reported in wild boar and domestic pigs in eastern provinces of Poland. In a worrying development, the country’s agriculture ministry has confirmed that the ASF virus has been detected in a wild boar in Lubusz (Lubuskie). This province is in the west of the country, and borders Germany. It is unknown how the infection was able to jump to an animal in such a distant location.